Unless you come from Canada, or have come across this dish upon travels, I have found that most people (from the UK) do not know what poutine (pronounced: poo-teen) is. I too only discovered poutine last year during my travels to Toronto, although at the time I did not get the chance to try it. Alas, the time finally came for me to try Poutine, and here’s my verdict. Poutine originated from Quebec in the late 1950s, and is made of chips (French fries) covered with cheese curds topped by brown gravy. Does that sound appealing? Honestly, to me, it didn’t!
I was in Toronto over the weekend, and popped into the Eaton Centre for lunch. Whilst trying to choose what to eat, I thought ‘you know what, let’s try this poutine once and for all’. Considering this was my fourth time in Canada, I’m pretty late to catch onto this apparently amazing mouth-watering dish.
I was told that New York Fries poutine was one to go for, and so I got the regular sized original poutine. For those who are vegetarian (or have other dietary restrictions), be warned that gravy sometimes contains animal fat – so be sue to enquire. The gravy use in New York Fries poutine is animal fat-free! There were many other poutine combinations, but I figured that the original basic poutine would be best for the first try. At this point, my expectations were sky high (usually not a good thing to have exceedingly high expectations)!
The poutine was hot, the chips crispy with a soft interior and the gravy warm, resulting in the slow melting of the cheese curd bites.
I must admit, I struggled to finish my meal! Although it did taste nice, the mixture of cheese with chips was extremely heavy. I’d recommend an empty stomach before indulging in poutine. I had poutine at 3pm and wasn’t able to eat anything until the following day, it really is a FILLING meal! Would I eat poutine again? Probably not. The concept itself is great but it was just overall a very thick meal without much flavour or taste (aside from the strong taste of cheese). Maybe I’m too British (into my fish and chips) to appreciate poutine.
I had to go for a very long walk around downtown Toronto to burn of 1/1000th of the calories I guess I consumed from that poutine (and other endeavours *cough cinnabon cough*.
Verdict: 4.5/10 (Sorry Canada)
Have you ever had poutine? If yes, what do you think? Am I the only one with reservations?
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